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Homestyle Chinese Cuisine ‘jeeten’ | 吉田風中国家庭料理店

Located in a tranquil posh residential area at the outskirts of Shibuya, Yoyogi-Uehara, you will find this humble atmosphered Homestyle Chinese Cuisine ‘jeeten’, owned and operated by a the chef Yoshida himself. With a counter bar seating and just few tables, at first glance may appear to be a cafe style restaurant but the Chinese cuisine is unbelievably exquisite. Secretly admired by the locals, Yoshida special style of Chinese cooking is not the traditional oily Chinese but light, healthy, with lot of vegetables. The menu offers both a 3 different type of course menu but also a la carte is offered for individual dishes. We ordered the A menu, our eyes always bigger than our stomach but to also to enjoy the seasonal recommendations by the Chef. 閑静な高級住宅地が残る「代々木上原」。昨晩は「吉田風中国家庭料理店」のjeetenで友人夫妻と夕食会。野菜中心の文字通り中華家庭料理。野菜と取り入れたメニューが多く、なぜか胃にもたれないあっさりとした料理法はシェフの秘伝の技。うま味調味料と中華出しは取らずに水と「腕、技」で旨味を出していらしい。カフェスタイルのインテリアですが落ち着いた雰囲気、家庭料理に刺激をいただいた一晩でした。お店で料理本を購入し、、日々のお料理に活用していこうかと思います。 Here is what the course looked like…. 昨晩、注文したのではシェフのおすすめのAコースメニュー。 Appetizer, Jelly fish with cucumbers. くらげの冷菜  Bean Sprout Roll – Pencil layered rows of bean sprouts wrapped with (I believe) fried tofu skin with a slightly sweet hoisin sauce. もやしの揚げ物は食感がとても不思議。もやしを綺麗に並べ、薄いお揚げで包んだ一品。 Shrimp Rice Rolls – Steamed Rice Paper enwraps a …

Authentic Japanese Cucumbers |神田四葉・相模半白きゅうり

As far as my memory goes, this year’s rainy season in Tokyo seem to go back to a norm cycle of raining since the start, early June to the present day. It has been wet, raining, drizzling, mizzle, downpour, cats and dog…name it, it has been raining a lot and still no signs of end proclamation yet from the weather bureau. So this is our view from our kitchen, most everyday. Rather grim looking, not much sunlight. 今年の東京は「ザ・梅雨」というほど長雨が続いています。梅雨宣言がされた6月の初旬から今日までここ数年でほぼ連日雨が降っています。我が家のキッチンから見える朝の風景は雨、雨、雨。通勤の方々や学生さん、びしょびしょ、びしょびしょとお疲れさまでございます。 This weekend, our family friend, who takes cares of a piece of farm land outside Tokyo has brought to us, an unusual cucumber which I personally have never seen. Cucumbers in Europe and/or the United States tend to be large in size, but Japanese cucumbers as like our nationality are dainty and small. Apparently these cucumbers are as large as ones encountered in Ireland and Los Angeles, to know it is called “Kanda Suyo Long Cucumber” and “Sagami Hanjiro Cucumber”. さて、週末に我が家の友人で埼玉の方に畑を管理している人から珍しい胡瓜をいただきました。神田四葉胡瓜 (かんだすうようきゅうり)、相模半白胡瓜 (さがみはんじろきゅうり)というそうでどちらも私には馴染みのない胡瓜でした。神田四葉胡瓜 は細長く、30cmほどの長さと存在感は外国の胡瓜を伺わせます。相模半白胡瓜はお尻のほうが黄色くなっていて、半分くらいが白いきゅうりです。どちらもイボイボがかなりゴジラ風でサラダには堪え難い力強さを感じました。 しかし、調べると「神田四葉胡瓜」は中国山東省から日本人に知られる。なんとなく硬い感じを受けますが、歯切れ良い食感と「やわらかさ」がある品種。 「相模半白胡瓜 」江戸以前に渡来した華南系。 どちらも一晩考えて食材として使用してみました。 “Kanda Suyo Long Cucumber“, it’s origin seems to from China’s …

Bamboo cooking galore 2|筍料理の備忘録 II

Oops…spring seemed to have zapped and summer is on the way. Before I take a blink, ‘bamboo’ will be so outdated so here is my second post a continuation of bamboo cooking. BAMBOO RICE : Most popular and common menu using bamboo is the ‘Bamboo Rice’, quite simple to make! The bamboo is cut into small mouth size pieces, a pinch of salt, cooked together with rice in a rice cooker. Leftover rice can be made into a ‘onigiri (rice balls)’, to go or as a lunch pack. Tempura : Wild spring vegetables which we call, ‘sansai’, together with fresh bamboo are spring delicacies. Tempura is a common way of cooking the wild vegetable to extract ‘aku’ (bitterness and harshness). Extracting ‘aku’ is often heard in Japanese cooking, ‘aku’ sometimes being a boiling froth but interprets as the bitterness in the vegetable ingredient. Bamboos can be integrated in various way. The Chinese common menu, ‘pepper steak with bamboo and green peppers’, ‘bamboos stir-fried with doubanjiang (hot sauce) is another; but the Japanese washoku foods tend …

Welcome 2019

  I often wonder why we love to organize our time into segments; minutes, hours, weeks, months and then years. Every moment of our lives must be just as precious as any but the accomplishment of completion, achievement bringing satisfaction quite often is measured by time, I the same. Year 2018 had been quite a turbulent year to our family, not as gentle as we hoped and expected it to be. My husband underwent surgery after cancer test claimed in doubt, my daughter is suffering from serious migraine attacks unfortunately with no successful remedy disabling her daily life. Unfortunately we do not live in a world of fantasies, miracles and abracadabras, nor do I have a magic wand to let troubles and worries go away. But this is the start of a brand new year 2019. Letting our worries aside, January 1st which we call ‘gantan‘ in Japan, calls for a day to celebrate with gratitude from our hearts. Although we have our own traditional ritual food for New Years Day, ‘osechi’ ; I’ve decided …

Stick Rice Meatball Dim Sums |もち米シュウマイ

Since and after my gallbladder removal surgery (last November 2015), my ability to digest oil has drastically decreased. It may sound good for dietary purposes and to stay slim but at times limits my creativity to cook, especially the cooking process at times is important to obtain the best taste and results. So….although ‘steaming’ has had been my one of my favorite cooking methods this is another dim sum which is quick easy and tasty on a dinner table for an appetizer. I have used chicken mince meat but if you prefer the more oily meat, go for the pork. Although I love pork, pork is yet quite tricky on my body at the moment so I have used chicken meat instead of pork. (by the way…most dim sums use pork meat) 胆嚢の摘出手術から数ヶ月がたちましたが『油』の摂取能力が上がらず。ダイエットを考えると悪くはない話?と思うかもしれませんが調理方法に制限が出るのは時々料理のクリエイティビィティに左右され時々、、う、う、う、ストレスにもなります。 『蒸し料理』は昔から好きだったの、、また蒸し器を取り出してあっさり飲茶の一品です。 『紅白もち米』で実はおめでたい食卓にも適する一品です。   Sticky Rice Meatball Dim Sums | もち米シュウマイ   1 cup Sticky Rice Tofu (1/2) (To drain water from the tofu – wrap it with paper towel and heat it in the microwave oven. Water will start to ooze out from …

Dim Sum – Chives Dumplings | 点心 – ニラ餃子

My last post on the series of ‘dim sum’. This is the standard, typical dumpling, perhaps the most well eaten in Japan and all over the world. I should say the fillings can vary to every cook but I’ve made the typical dumpling with lots of Chinese chives (called Nira). The filling can also be rolled into a egg roll shape which looks different and fun to do when making a lot of ‘dim sums’. これが点心(飲茶)シリーズの最後の投稿になります。 点心の王道、『ニラ餃子』。 普通の餃子型と四角い春巻き型にしてみました。特別な技はなく、、餃子は餃子。冷凍にしておいてもいいし、そのまま焼いてもいいし。形を変えると何故か味が変わる様な気がします(気だけかも?笑)   Dim Sum – Chives Dumplings | 点心 – ニラ餃子 この餃子は冷凍できるので事前に作っておきます。 This dumpling can be kept frozen so it can be pre-made and let it thaw in the refrigerator and use half frozen before cooking.         ニラ海老餃子 | Chinese Chives Fried Dumplings 【餅皮】36個分 薄力粉・・・・・・・・200g 熱湯・・・・・・・・・140ml サラダ油・・・・・・・適量 餅皮の材料を混ぜ、なめらかになるまで捏ねます。ぬれ布巾をかぶせ、15分ほど寝かします。   【具】 生のにら・・・・・・・・250g えび・・・・・・・・・・200g (皮を除き、背わたを除き、片栗粉できれいに洗い、3つに小さく切る) 鶏肉・・・・・・・・・・120g (細かく切る、ひき肉でも可) 酒・・・・・・・・・・・小さじ1 コーンスターチ・・・・・小さじ1/2 (エビ用) 醤油・・・・・・・・・・小さじ1/2 こしょう・・・・・・・・小さじ1/8 みりん・・・・・・・・大さじ1 ごま油・・・・・・・・・小さじ1/2 コーンスターチ・・・・・小さじ1 塩・・・・・・・・・・・小さじ1/2 具材は全部混ぜ合わせよく練る。 包み方はこちらの参考を見るといいかも https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7OyYadCNZQ   ニラ海老餃子 | Chinese Chives Fried Dumplings   For the dough 200g soft wheat flour 140ml boiling water Vegetable oil Place all the ingredients in one bowl adding boiling …

Dim Sum – Steamed Shrimp Dumplings | 点心 – 海老蒸し餃子

Dim Sum – Shrimp Dumplings  | 点心 – 海老蒸し餃子 These delicate looking dim sums with shrimps are so light and healthy that you can eat a bunch! The dumpling uses rice flour which make it transparent, the transparency inspired me to explore into fillings which may be appetizing for the eye as well!!!

Dim Sum – Xiaolongbao | 点心 – 小龍包

This Holiday season I wanted to do something different for my family gathering during New Years. Since our family gathered on the 3rd of January, I didn’t want to prepare another set of Japanese New Years food (‘Osechi’) as I knew everyone will be sort of tired eating…’Osechi’;  so I decided to go Chinese and prepared a few lines of ‘dim sums’ which turned out wonderful!